Need to shake off the sleep in your eyes and get focused for your day? Here are 6 tips to a successful morning at the office
1. Arrive on Time
This may seem like an obvious one but arriving late does not only give a bad impression to your colleagues, it can negatively affect your day from a personal standpoint. Lateness leads to a frantic mindset while being early allows you to clear your mind before a work day and promotes a positive feeling of accomplishment. Some spare time before work hours allows you to take a deep breath and calm yourself after your morning commute or any issues from home life.
2. Don’t Be Moody
Even if you’re not a morning person, projecting a positivity is of the utmost importance. How you appear and act in the office at the start of the day can have a lasting impact on those around you. Being a grump initially does little to inspire coworkers and leads to a negative outlook on the day’s tasks. If you need an extra cup of coffee, drink it because negativity is infectious and rarely leads to a healthy, productive work environment.
3. Organize Your Day
The first hour of the workday should be spent setting an agenda and lining up priorities. A to-do list helps to prevent time wasted on less urgent activities and also calms your mind so that you can focus without worrying about having too many responsibilities. The most crucial tasks should be scheduled for your morning peak time and you should make sure to determine between which tasks need to be performed that day and which ones can be completed during the next workday.
4. Organize Your Workspace
Clearing your desk helps to set a tone for the whole day. A neat workspace allows one to think clearly and avoid confusion. Ideally, you’ll clean any mess of papers off your desk as you leave work every day so that when you arrive the next morning, your space will be clean before you go on your computer. Organizing your desk should take precedence over reading e-mail or talking with coworkers as it is the setting for your day’s production.
5. Don’t be Distracted by Your Inbox
Experts agree that you shouldn’t check your e-mail first thing in the morning. If you must, train yourself to sift through and highlight the urgent e-mails, while ignoring the less important ones. Reading everything in your inbox can suck you into an unproductive vortex of say, watching a funny video from a friend, reading a linked article or checking sports scores.
6. Place Urgent Calls and Send Important E-Mails
If you must get in touch with someone that day, make the call or send the e-mail as soon as you can in the morning. If you make contact during the middle of the day or in the afternoon, you aren’t guaranteed a response before the end of the day. Time is lost when you’re waiting on a response and contacting someone in the morning clearly shows them that their reply is of the utmost importance.